Volunteering in Ecuador
Despite being the second-smallest country in Latin America, Ecuador boasts a multitude of contrasting landscapes. In one day, you can journey from black water lagoons of the Amazon basin, across glaciated Andean volcanoes, through dense tree canopies in the cloud forest to arrive at the Pacific coast. The ever-increasing urban populations of Ecuador have had a negative impact on these beautiful landscapes and their respective wildlife populations. Education and conservation projects are working to protect these resources as well as support the indigenous communities that are being pushed to the side by urbanisation.
Kaya’s projects in Ecuador range from rehabilitating animals at a Wildlife Centre in the Amazon to providing education to child laborers in an Outreach Programme in the capital of Quito. If you have experience in the healthcare sector, you can support indigenous communities on our Public Healthcare Placement in Riobamba. We’re thankful to report that Kaya’s projects in Ecuador were unaffected following the earthquake in April 2016. Participants are still being accepted and their efforts are needed more than ever to help support the local economies after this disaster.
In your free time in Ecuador, explore the vibrant capital city of Quito. Located high up in the Andes, it boasts an exquisite, colonial centre and stunning 16th century cathedral. Hop aboard the sky tram up to Pichincha volcano for spectacular views over the mountainous landscape. Don’t miss trying the local dishes of ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juices) or humitas (corn dumplings).
Weekend activities won’t disappoint in Ecuador! Adventurers can climb the country’s highest peak, Mount Chimborazo, or go paragliding or biking in the cloud forests of the Andes. Take a trip to Mindo, a small town enveloped in forested mountains, where you can hike to dramatic waterfalls. If you fancy extending your trip, visit the majestic Galapagos Islands, inhabited by creatures that you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world!
For more suggestions on what to do in Ecuador, read our blog: ‘An Ultimate Bucket List for those visiting Ecuador’.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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